2020 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans taking place? Friday 17th July, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans taking place? Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans? 17c, clear skies

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Momirovski, Olam, Lee, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, B. Smith, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: Lewis, Faasuamaleaui, Seve, Asofa-Solomona – Reserves: Vete, Hynes

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Sandor Earl (Injured), Suliasi Vunivalu (Injured), Tom Eisenhuth (Injured), Jesse Bromwich (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm did enough to beat Canberra Raiders last week as they made it three wins in a row and the Storm will be confident of extending their winning run as they take on Gold Coast Titans.
  • The Storm completed at just 71% which contributed to them seeing 46% of the ball but that did not deter them as they proved to be clinical and had it not been for conceding two tries in the final 13 minutes, the 14-20 final scoreline would have looked a lot more one-sided.
  • The Storm did suffer an injury blow last week with Jesse Bromwich set to be out for around a month with a knee issue but Cameron Munster and Felise Kaufusi are slated to return which will be a huge boost, particularly in Munster’s case.

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Thompson, Don, Kelly, Sami, Spry, Taylor, Fogarty, Fotuaika, Clark, Jolliffe, Fermor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: T. Boyd, Peachey, Lisone, Wallace – Reserves: Stone, Whitbread

Unavailable: Ryan James (Injured), AJ Brimson (Injured), Jonus Pearson (Injured), Young Tonumaipea (Injured), Dale Copley (Injured), Kevin Proctor (Injured), Mitch Rein (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans showed some good character to overturn a 12-point deficit against New Zealand Warriors last week as they earned their third victory of the season in a closely-fought contest.
  • The Titans completed at just 65% as they made a huge 20 errors but it did not stop them from earning the two competition points, although their average errors per game for the season now stands at 13.1 which is the highest in the competition.
  • With a daunting challenge against Melbourne Storm ahead of them here, the Titans are at least boosted by the return of outside backs Brian Kelly and Phillip Sami returning from injury with Bryce Cartwright and Sam Stone dropping out.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Storm did a solid job in making it three wins in a row as they were once again able to claim a victory without the presence of Cameron Munster in the halves. He will make his comeback in this contest as they look to make it four successive victories following last week’s win over Canberra Raiders. They come up against Gold Coast Titans who managed to see off New Zealand Warriors last week but this is a different challenge altogether for the Titans who are set to lose a ninth game from 10 against the Storm with the margin likely to be at least 16 points.

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